Amken are a band from Greece that plays an old school form of thrash metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Adrenaline Shots".
A very heavy old school thrash metal sound starts off the ep along with some aggressive vocals and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile solos and leads start becoming a huge part of the tracks along with some blast beats being utilized at times and the band also brings in back up gang shouts into certain sections of the recording.
As the ep progresses a small amount of growls are used briefly and they bring in a death metal influence to the bands musical sound and you can also hear a decent amount of melody being utilized in the tracks and you can hear them in both the riffs and solos and on the 3rd track a brief use of samples are clean playing are added into the track while the last song sees the music getting more aggressive again.
Amken plays a very aggressive style of thrash that goes back to the mid 80's style and they bring a lot of heaviness back to the genre that is rarely heard these days, the production sound s very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover some dark topics.
In my opinion Amken are a very great sounding old school thrash metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "God's Asleep" and "Zombie Pets". 8 out of 10.
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